You can help make the library even better by making a donation to the Friends of the Library and Anchorage Library Foundation. When you contribute to these organizations, we invest in special projects that help the library go above and beyond what they can do with their regular budget.
Imagine no science-fiction heroines. No Buffy or Hermione. No Xenia or Storm. And no Katniss Everdeen in the “Hunger Games” trilogy. Seems pretty ridiculous, huh?
Library planners have outdone themselves this month with more interesting and diverse events scheduled than in years. The Zombie Apocalypse returns to the Loussac Library on Saturday, Oct. 19, with the scavenger hunt maze open from 6:45-10 p.m. The focus is on learning what your family needs for shelter, what to do in case of a pandemic and, of course, having a screaming good time.
Imagine following a guide as he swims through Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. He holds up shells for you to see and points out colorful fish. You wave your hand to get his attention and ask a question. After listening to the answer, you continue exploring together: You and the other 50 people seated in Muldoon Neighborhood Library’s community room.
Alaska Public Library Director Mary Jo Torgenson just released the 2012 report for the library. This document was a great reminder of the importance of stepping back and looking at the big picture. Though filled with numbers, the overall arc of the report emphasizes why the library does what it is doing.
Anchorage Public Library’s five neighborhood libraries are ready for the annual Summer Reading Celebration. The Celebration kicks off with the 13th annual Reading Rendezvous on Saturday, May 18, from noon to 4 p.m., on the Loussac Library lawn. This free, fun fair for all ages features a variety of community booths, each with a different task or craft. You can sign up for the summer reading programs for kids, teens or adults; get an early start on building up your minutes to win prizes, and raise money for BARK-9, a program that trains search and rescue dogs, this year’s Readers to the Rescue recipient.
At least once a year, I like to pay homage to the organizations whose volunteer boards play enormous roles in the vitality of our neighborhood libraries. Friends of the Library, the Anchorage Library Foundation and the Library Advisory Board each provide their own brand of community support to Anchorage Public Library.
Thanks to the Alaska State Library, libraries across the state have access to two excellent programs. The FY2014 funding for both is going through the budget process right now and I’m crossing my fingers that they make it through unscathed.
The Z.J. Loussac Public Library opened in September of 1986 to much hoopla, part of the city’s Project ‘80s public works construction funded by oil money. The three-tower, castle-like design included stairs leading to a concrete deck and the second floor entrance. About 100 staff workstations were spread through the building behind the scenes while the patrons experienced a sweeping environment in which to select their books.